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Groz-Beckert discusses global textile production with 160 industry experts

As part of the event, which featured many expert presentations from the textile industry, Groz-Beckert presented the company’s new study.

26th September 2016

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Albstadt

Transport/​Aerospace, Construction, Clothing/​Footwear, Industrial

Groz-Beckert, a leading provider of industrial machine needles, hosted an event for the company’s customers and invited partners last week, welcoming around 160 international participants from highly innovative textile industry companies.

As part of the event, which featured many expert presentations from the textiles industry, Groz-Beckert presented the company’s new study of global textile production. The work combines analyses and market data from the areas of yarn production and textiles manufacture, offering an holistic and unique insight into the textiles industry.

As well as the presentation The Fabric Year, numerous informative expert talks were part of the programme offered to the international industry professionals in the audience.

The Fabric Year

After the welcoming address by Eric Schöller, Member of the Executive Board of Groz-Beckert KG, the day started with a talk by Andreas Engelhardt, who presented extracts from his publication The Fiber Year, the basis for The Fabric Year.

He was followed by Dr Karl-Michael Schumann, Contarix GmbH, who gave a presentation about innovative products in the nonwoven industry. Then Jan Kettemann, Schlegel und Partner GmbH, spoke about the varied applications for textiles in cars.

Innovation and textile production

After a lunch break, the topic of textiles in the automotive industry was revisited by Omar Cividini, Brembo S.p.A. His presentation was devoted to the use of textile fibres in braking systems. Dr Monica Segata from Italcementi S.p.A. then highlighted another innovative application of textiles in the construction industry. Then a presentation by former Nike manager Linda Keppinger, from MaterialsMove, gave unique insights into the innovation process of large brands.

Finally, a talk by Andreas Engelhardt and Martin Weiler, market research at Groz-Beckert KG, presented data and analyses from The Fabric Year. The analyses in the specialist publication combine a variety of data sources, such as textile machine quantities available in the market and production data of the fibre industry. The work aims to offer completely new and exclusive insights into the global textiles industry, the company reports.


Groz-Beckert is a leading provider of industrial machine needles, precision parts and fine tools, as well as systems and services for the production and joining of textile fabrics.

The products and services support the fields of knitting, weaving, felting, tufting, carding and sewing. Groz-Beckert operates with agencies, production and distribution subsidiaries in more than 150 countries around the world.

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